User Experience Design, Intern

  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Intern

Company Description

It takes customer obsession to pioneer and focus on what matters most, to tackle challenges, break through boundaries to create change, to stay on the cutting edge, and pioneer relentlessly. We are looking for the next generation of talent to drive the business, grow our people, and put the customer before all else.

Our culture empowers journeys of personal discovery, giving you the freedom to participate in impactful projects and explore the intersections of our businesses: technology, data science, DNA science, product, design, marketing, legal, and more. We’re looking for innovative minds, diverse ideas, and for students interested in connecting personal discoveries and technology. Our interns enjoy mentorship and experience challenging work while receiving fantastic pay, fully-paid temporary housing, and having a fun captivating experience—we have it all. Oh, and did we mention the possibility of full-time employment once you graduate?

Job Description

Ancestry seeks a highly motivated, internet-savvy User Experience Design intern to join our User Experience and Data Visualizations team. The UX and Data Visualizations team currently supports a variety of UX design initiatives working across multiple domains within Ancestry organization. It includes the Advanced Research group, Web UI Components and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) spaces. As an intern on this team, you will be a functioning member by contributing to solving a wide variety of design challenges, as well as having a distinct piece of UX that you would own yourself.

What You’ll Do:

As part of the Data Visualization team you will work on visually-interesting, cutting-edge, relatively self-contained projects which will have few dependencies on others, making it an ideal venture to be completed within the span of a summer. You’ll have an opportunity to choose from a variety of projects including UX/UI design work for the Advanced Research group enabling users to visualize their DNA data and corresponding physical traits in novel ways, as well as a number of projects for Search Engine Optimization space. An SEO experience would be an UX-heavy challenge that would address an interesting SEO use-case and has potential to bring in more users of Ancestry products.


Who You Are:

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s, master’s or Ph.D. level degree
  • Must be currently enrolled in a university and graduating after Summer 2019
  • Have basic understanding and some experience with UX design process such as idea generation, wireframing, and user-testing.
  • Have experience with UX design tool kit (e.g., Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, Illustrator, InVision, etc.)
  • Have a design portfolio that demonstrates UX design principles for web and/or mobile platforms. 
  • Nice to have: visual design, iconography and graphic illustration skills and/or some knowledge of Javascript or other asynchronous coding language. Knowledge of the d3.js library is a plus!

For more information on what we do and to apply to open Ancestry internships, visit our careers page:

Additional Information

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than three million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites with an extensive collection of over 10 billion digitized historical records and has sold over 14 million AncestryDNA kits to date. Since 1996, users have created over 100 million family trees and 11 billion ancestor profiles on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, AncestryProGenealogists, and Fold3. AncestryDNA is owned and operated by DNA, LLC, a subsidiary of Holdings LLC.

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related thereto), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, age (40 and older), mental or physical disability (including HIV and AIDS), medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis that is prohibited by applicable law.   The Company also makes reasonable accommodations to applicants or employees with qualifying disabilities who request them and who otherwise meet the requirements of applicable law.  If you would like to request an accommodation during the application process, please contact our Director of Recruiting. 

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law.  For San Francisco office candidates, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance.